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    How young is too young to go to WDW?

    With our first daughter we did not take our trip to WDW until she was 4 years old because we thought if she was younger she would not get as much out of it. Now with our second daughter who is currently 6 months old, I don't think my wife and I can wait until she is 4 to go to WDW next. We would like to go to WDW next year (2009) when my youngest will then be 18-20 months old. Do you think this is too young? I would like to hear people's experiences with bringing their young children. Your thoughts are much appreciated.

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    Disneydame 2004 wrote a great piece on traveling with an infant that you should check out.

    Do They Make Mouse Ears in Extra-Extra-Small?: Walt Disney World with Infants

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    My husband and I do not have chilfren yet, however my parents took us every year at 4 years old. I have three brothers, but we only were allowed to go when we reached 4. My grandparents would watch whoever else wasn't old enough, so it actually was cool that we got to spend special time with our parents and it was definitley something to look forward too.
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    My son's first trip he was just over 10 months old and loved it. Seeing his reactions to everything was priceless! He's been twice since and is going again in a couple weeks (he's now 24 months old). Don't believe what some folks will tell you about it being a waste to take a little one because they won't remember. My son just sees a picture of the castle and starts yelling "Mickey Mouse!" or sees a commercial for the world and yells "Disney!" It all comes down to the memories you can make for them. They may not remember their first trip if they were an infant but take lots of photos and video and they'll remember those!
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    Both of my sons have been several times before they even turned five. I would have taken them more often if I could!

    Little ones at WDW are there for the family memories. Both of my boys have rides that they talk about all of the time, now.

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    DisneyDame 2004 and BamaJenn have the best answers, but I say go if you want to go just plan properly. And fooey on what anyone else says-none of their concern as they don't pay your bills or have responsibility for your decisions, tell "them" to MTOB.
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    I brought my son for the first time at 18 months and we had a blast - he was totally into it
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    My Niece has been to the World twice first time at 7 months ( jan. 07) she loved all the bright colors. Next she was 19 months ( jan. 08) mom said she adored the character totally into Minnie. She's going again right before her 2nd birthday this year ( May 08)
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    It's completely your call, if you just want to have that family experience bring the infant. On the other hand if you want your child to retain any memories what so ever than I say wait until they are at least four. I am told I went to Marine Land when I was about three years old, but I obviously don't remember it and I think I would have been a burden in a place like that.
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    The youngest person I have ever seen at WDW was 6 days old (the DW asked)!!! IMHO, that is too young and some people would consider that child abuse.
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    I dunno, if I lived right there I could see taking a newborn. It'd be a day trip. No different than taking them to the mall for a few hours.
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    My DS was 14 months for his first trip. He loved it. We had a wonderful family vacation. It was clean and something to do each day. We went every year after that for about 2 weeks. My DD first trip was when she was 2 months old and DS was 5. We had to do some baby swaps but it was great bonding time with our new Daughter. Sure we couldn't do everything but we enjoyed a great deal of attractions, at that time in 3 parks along with the water parks. Don't look at it as what you can't do, look at all you can do. Kids are so easy to please at that age.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HauntedGabe View Post
    Don't look at it as what you can't do, look at all you can do. Kids are so easy to please at that age.
    Fantastic advice girl! That's exactly what it all comes down to. The amount of things you can do with a baby are plenty to fill each day. We never felt like we had run out of things to do with Aaron.
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    It is totally up to you. But I was 1 on my first trip, and my mom brought my sister when she was 6 months. I also saw a family with an 8-day-old baby. Just remember to go slow, at the baby's pace.
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    We are going to be taking our DS who will be 19 months when go. I realize that he probably won't remember the trip but we will, we take lots of pictures of everything, and will take video as well. It certainly isn't our first trip (it will be my 3rd and DH's 2nd) but it will be our children's first trip. It won't be our last trip either. I had to wait 17 years between my first and second trip and I'm not waiting that long to go back after this trip.

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